Smith & Wesson Forum

Go Back   Smith & Wesson Forum > >


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 08-07-2017, 07:30 PM
jughed440's Avatar
jughed440 jughed440 is offline
Member
She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9  
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: yonder
Posts: 1,477
Likes: 1,972
Liked 1,632 Times in 450 Posts
Default She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9

Purchased this super clean 439 at the LGS last week. Other than slight muzzle wear, it's mint. Unfortunately there's no box (still can't understand why they get tossed or lost), but it came with 2 factory, and 2 aftermarket mags.
The dealer told me that the original owner was the same guy who had engraved his SS # on the frame of the Model 29 that was up for sale 3 months ago, but thankfully he didn't mar the 439.

Any ideas on production count?

She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9-img_20170803_131258736-jpg
Attached Thumbnails
She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9-img_20170803_131258736-jpg  
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 08-07-2017, 07:34 PM
TTSH's Avatar
TTSH TTSH is offline
Member
She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9  
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: MA
Posts: 4,671
Likes: 8,588
Liked 4,484 Times in 2,310 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jughed440 View Post
Purchased this super clean 439 at the LGS last week. Other than slight muzzle wear, it's mint. Unfortunately there's no box (still can't understand why they get tossed or lost), but it came with 2 factory, and 2 aftermarket mags.

The dealer told me that the original owner was the same guy who had engraved his SS # on the frame of the Model 29 that was up for sale 3 months ago, but thankfully he didn't mar the 439.
Very, very nice!

And yes, thank God the former owner decided not to mar the frame on your gun!
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #3  
Old 08-07-2017, 07:37 PM
jughed440's Avatar
jughed440 jughed440 is offline
Member
She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9  
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: yonder
Posts: 1,477
Likes: 1,972
Liked 1,632 Times in 450 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TTSH View Post
Very, very nice!

And yes, thank God the former owner decided not to mar the frame on your gun!

Thank you!!!

I looked at that disfigured 29 in person. The head shaking happened afterwards.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #4  
Old 08-07-2017, 07:47 PM
TTSH's Avatar
TTSH TTSH is offline
Member
She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9  
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: MA
Posts: 4,671
Likes: 8,588
Liked 4,484 Times in 2,310 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jughed440 View Post
Thank you!!!

I looked at that disfigured 29 in person. The head shaking happened afterwards.
Ugh! And here I get upset when someone has buzzed a number into a magazine.

Anytime an interesting Smith & Wesson semi-auto comes up for sale and is wearing full wrap-around grips, I always insist on them coming off so I can confirm that some prior owner didn't go crazy with an electric engraving pencil.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #5  
Old 08-07-2017, 08:13 PM
lrrifleman's Avatar
lrrifleman lrrifleman is offline
Member
She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9  
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Southern NJ
Posts: 2,653
Likes: 2,890
Liked 1,335 Times in 739 Posts
Default

You have a nice, later model 439! It could be just my eyes, but the grip panels look a bit long (not being critical). I am certain that you will enjoy it!
__________________
Judge control not gun control!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-07-2017, 08:26 PM
jughed440's Avatar
jughed440 jughed440 is offline
Member
She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9  
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: yonder
Posts: 1,477
Likes: 1,972
Liked 1,632 Times in 450 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by lrrifleman View Post
You have a nice, later model 439! It could be just my eyes, but the grip panels look a bit long (not being critical). I am certain that you will enjoy it!
Thanks for the compliment.
It does look that way, but everything evens out with a magazine in the pistol.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-07-2017, 08:31 PM
jmace57's Avatar
jmace57 jmace57 is offline
SWCA Member
She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9  
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Bellaire, TX
Posts: 1,447
Likes: 1,516
Liked 1,775 Times in 568 Posts
Default

I think you should giddy-up, giddy-up to the range with your 4-3-9!
__________________
SWCA#2886
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 08-07-2017, 09:05 PM
jughed440's Avatar
jughed440 jughed440 is offline
Member
She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9  
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: yonder
Posts: 1,477
Likes: 1,972
Liked 1,632 Times in 450 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jmace57 View Post
I think you should giddy-up, giddy-up to the range with your 4-3-9!
good play on the lyrics

I'll take it on the next range trip. Will find out how well the aftermarket mags work with it. I have no idea who made them, and they look nothing like the factory mag at the bottom of the pic.
Attached Thumbnails
She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9-img_20170807_194011786-2-jpg  
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 08-08-2017, 12:53 AM
DCW DCW is offline
SWCA Member
She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9  
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Daytona Beach, Fla.
Posts: 239
Likes: 274
Liked 205 Times in 94 Posts
Default In Answer To Your Inquiry , , ,

The 439 just looks so good...

The 439 had a fairly long run, started in February, 1981 and running into the third quarter of 1988.

The Model 439 became the Model 3904.

Inasmuch as the model started with the singular "A" prefix but ended with the beloved (right?) triple Alpha deal, production numbers are difficult to devine. Two knowledgeable sources essentially said, "Huh?" to an inquiry on the subject.

ASP chose to produce a few more of its (in)famous Model 39-like conversions using the 439. (I didn't "get off" on the ASP). (Indeed, had I used illicit drugs during the time periods when either ASP conversion occurred it's highly likely I would've used 'em to forget about the ASP.) Having said such, I should've bought a couple when offered those o' so many decades ago. A "Quest For Excellence" ASP sold for $6,900 in a 2015 Rock Island Auctions, well, auction.

As mentioned by a preceding contribution, the M439 had but two trigger guard styles: an early curvy guard (which also used the short, thick extractor with the silver BB)(I don't care for "round." which requires a dissertation if any explanation is to be made. Ain't gonna do it here); while the second style had a pointy thingy and size 02 sandpaper on the front for goodness knows what. I mean, it wasn't necessary to puncture skin and bleed so as to hang on to it; nor did I experience hassles in distinguishing it from the trigger found to its rear.

Your paid price was a fair price, so sayeth the Blue Book of Gun Values. Also contributing to the information herein is this Forum's gospel, the wondrous 4th Standard Catalog of Smith and Wesson.

All things considered, ya did good on your purchase!

Later.
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #10  
Old 08-08-2017, 07:18 AM
Sevens Sevens is offline
Member
She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9  
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 1,539
Likes: 821
Liked 1,483 Times in 725 Posts
Default

Wow, that is an extremely clean, high grade 439!

I am a little different than some gun guys when it comes to things like original box, electro-pencil name/SSN, "sporterized" milsurps, etc etc.

Oh YES, I love an original box, of course! And no, I don't care to have a guy's name or GOVT issued number carved in to my gun, but I don't lose sleep over it and I sure don't question the sanity of an owner from decades ago. Frankly, this sort of thing was nearly common, in any way we might measure it. For some folks, this was due diligence. It wasn't a ludicrous, sacrilegious defamation of art, it was simply a calling card of an earlier time. Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it. Sporterized milsurps are the same way, this wasn't a big deal when an old issued rifle was a fifteen-dollar buy, best one sticking out of the barrel that you could find.

Even still, to see a 439 that seems to be in this high condition and doesn't have the original box seems odd. But yeah, people just didn't keep the silly cardboard box for a handgun they planned to use. That custom came later.

She is a beauty.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #11  
Old 08-08-2017, 10:10 AM
NevadaBob's Avatar
NevadaBob NevadaBob is offline
Member
She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9  
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Reno, NV
Posts: 325
Likes: 186
Liked 115 Times in 84 Posts
Default

Now you're going to have to get you a "4 speed, dual quad, posi-traction 409" to cart that baby around in! Very nice purchase.
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Like Post:
  #12  
Old 08-08-2017, 10:27 AM
mauser9 mauser9 is offline
Member
She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9  
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Northeast
Posts: 1,071
Likes: 2,104
Liked 753 Times in 479 Posts
Default

Awesome! Sure wish they never would have gone away but great to see many of these treasures available still.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 08-08-2017, 12:37 PM
HCH HCH is offline
Member
She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9  
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Hancock County Ohio
Posts: 560
Likes: 659
Liked 330 Times in 153 Posts
Default

The few millennial gun owners out there have no idea what you guys are talking about.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #14  
Old 08-08-2017, 06:56 PM
Sevens Sevens is offline
Member
She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9  
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 1,539
Likes: 821
Liked 1,483 Times in 725 Posts
Default

While that may indeed be true, it just means they have a whole lot of FANTASTIC coming to them, one day in the future when they discover some of the great guns from "our day." And it wouldn't surprise me even a tiny bit if these same younger folks really latched on to these pistols when eventually they realize what they have been missing.

I began my fascination with firearms in the mid-1980's. It's feels normal to me these days that I absolutely love handguns from the 50's, 60's, 70's and beyond.

These guys who love the plastic today may be fawning heavily over steel & walnut tomorrow. The more, the merrier.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 08-08-2017, 08:07 PM
TNZ71's Avatar
TNZ71 TNZ71 is offline
Member
She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9  
Join Date: May 2016
Location: TN
Posts: 411
Likes: 558
Liked 992 Times in 238 Posts
Default

Yes 439 are beautiful handguns.

Mine
2nd Generation 439 Goodness-img_0711-jpg
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Like Post:
  #16  
Old 08-08-2017, 09:42 PM
NevadaBob's Avatar
NevadaBob NevadaBob is offline
Member
She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9 She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9  
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Reno, NV
Posts: 325
Likes: 186
Liked 115 Times in 84 Posts
Default

HCH...maybe this will help 'em along:

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com...c58e40220d.jpg
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #17  
Old 08-12-2017, 10:07 AM
stansdds stansdds is offline
Member
She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9  
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 20
Likes: 11
Liked 15 Times in 10 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jughed440 View Post
Purchased this super clean 439 at the LGS last week. Other than slight muzzle wear, it's mint. Unfortunately there's no box (still can't understand why they get tossed or lost), but it came with 2 factory, and 2 aftermarket mags.
The dealer told me that the original owner was the same guy who had engraved his SS # on the frame of the Model 29 that was up for sale 3 months ago, but thankfully he didn't mar the 439.

Any ideas on production count?

She's Real Fine, My 4-3-9-img_20170803_131258736-jpg
That is a nice looking, later production 439. My 439 is earlier production, with the round 39/39-2 style trigger guard, and fixed rear sight. So glad that the previous owner did not engrave his personal ID information on yours or mine. The thing about engraving social security numbers on guns, items of value, even car windows was super popular during the late 1970's through the mid- 1980's. I remember my local police department encouraging citizens to do such things. The 70's and 80's were strange times.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
A fine old Colt David LaPell Firearms & Knives - Other Brands 1 08-05-2017 06:55 PM
Fine New Use For Old Gun pmosley Smith & Wesson Semi-Auto Pistols 0 02-23-2017 10:23 PM
Real Fine 929 Beachblaster S&W Revolvers: 1980 to the Present 3 12-14-2015 12:02 AM
Man, this is SO FINE! Walkin' Jack The Lounge 5 12-29-2013 06:42 PM
Real serious question, need real advice. Backon4 The Lounge 22 11-08-2010 08:41 PM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
smith-wessonforum.com tested by Norton Internet Security smith-wessonforum.com tested by McAfee Internet Security

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:21 AM.


S-W Forum, LLC 2000-2015
Smith-WessonForum.com is not affiliated with Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC)